Christology from the Beginning

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Published on Jan 17, 2014

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Christology from the Beginning

The person and work of Christ has a direct impact upon all things as we know it from [1]“Let there be light:” to [2]“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen” He is the author and pioneer of all of us.  As a result of our fall and His love, he had to come to wash away our sins, with His very blood. Chris said to be ready and be watching for His return.  [3]The eleven men he ministered to prior to His death and resurrection and the one, Paul, whom He enslaved, were the first to be commissioned to spread the gospel to the whole world.  They set the tone for all of us who receive the call to do the work of our Lord.  We are to evangelize and build churches with the word of God.  We are to be blameless in our instruction and shepherding of the congregations.  In the preparation, and ministering the Good News of who Jesus Christ is, what He has done and inevitably what He will do.  All of this work is culminating His work to the facilitation of His return.  Some will endure until the end and be glorified.  Many will turn their backs now, and during the tribulation.  Even some of the church will turn from Him.  The will perish. This is makes the shepherding paramount.  God uses each and every one of us to do his will.  Both the just and the un-just.  [4]Even Balaam’s donkey could not escape the will of God in effort to facilitate His divine plan.

[5]Christ has been with us and has made his presence known through out the first gospel.  [6]It was the work of God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit that gave us the heavens for light and wonder.  The providence of our God gave us the earth and all things in it as our home, shelter and sustenance.  He reveals Himself in future tense in the third chapter of Genesis.  Letting us know, He will come and the enemy will be defeated.  “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed: it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heal”.   And again in Isaiah, [7]“Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin. He shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.”  This message is complete in twenty five words [8]“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

[9]Christ said to search the scriptures and you will find Him.  We have learned that the Hebrew text shows a greater and lesser title of YHWH.  LORD and Lord.  As well as the reference to the “Angel of the LORD” depict Christ.  A great example is Christ visiting Abraham in chapter 18 with two angles.  Possibly the only two ever referenced, Michael and Gabriel.  [10]“And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee from thy servant.”

When Jacob was dying, he called his sons to share with them hope when he is gone.  [11]“The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a law giver rom between his feed, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.” This is the beginning of Messianic prophecies.  There are a total of 456 times in the Old Testament that Jesus was mentioned in the context of being the Messiah.  In Job, He is the mediator.  In first Samuel, He is the anointed faithful priest.  The book of Psalms tells of His glory from natural revelation to the doctrine of end things.  Russell D. Moore writes, [12]“All along the way the Scripture speaks of God’s purpose to build a kingdom for his anointed, incarnate Son as the firstborn among many brothers. Eschatology then is inherently messianic-in both Old and New Testaments.”

Christ in the New Testament

Jesus Christ, the second in the trinity, came to first be our Rabbi and show us the way.  He became the rock on which the church, the bride, the body of Christ was to be founded upon.  And when all the prophecies and laws were fulfilled that the Father deemed necessary, he put himself in place of us upon the cross to bear the wrath of God the Father.  [13]“Eli, Eli, lama, sa-bach-thani?” Fulfillment of Psalm 22,” My God, My God, why has thou forsaken me?” We witness The Son’s cry to the Father who could not look upon him.  He had to turn away as all His wrath was bore done upon him.  [14]Tetelestai.

Pentecost fulfilled in Acts 2.  The Holy Spirit, He came upon the disciples to edify them and the church.  “And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.” And so the early church began.  And the eleven need a scholar; one to write to the churches of Rome, Corinth, Galatia and so on.   Christ chose the evilest man he could find to make example of him and use him for His will.  [15]“Saul, Saul why persecutest thou me.”  Christ was addressing then Saul for persecuting His church.  He blinded him on the road to Damascus.  Paul was demolished by Christ; torn apart and turned upside down.  Life as he knows it was a lie.  He felt the hand of Jesus Christ upon him.  The one he denied and suffered the remorse of all of those he persecuted.  He spent days without food or drink.  He had to wait for Ananias while he mourned his wretchedness.  Paul was convicted, justified and enslaved by Jesus Christ, to further the gospel.  He had to submit, even unto his own life.  [16]“For I am in a strait betwixt two, having desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better.” [17]

[18]“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout…” Paul and John both write of the return of Christ.  Johns vision in Revelations of the Lamb on the throne of God.  The bride will endure many things.  [19]But God promises that it will be no more than we can bear.  [20]And at the final trumpet, Christ shall return and those who have died in Christ and those who are living will be caught up with Him.  And He shall reign for ever and ever.

The history of the study of the life and work of Christ starts with Protoevangelium.  This is the revelation of Christ in the first Gospel, the Old Testament.  From John 1 we can see Christ in the creation.  In Romans 5, Paul writes the correlation between Adam and Christ.  [21]“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned…But not as the offence, so also is the free gift.  For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abound unto many.”

There were some that had an issue with Christ the deity under Docetism.  [22]“First John was written, in part to confront a heresy known as Docetism.  False teachers were harassing the Johannine communities.”

Historical development of Christology

Docetism is the idea of Christ only appearing to have a body or somewhat like an angel introduce the Demiurge.  Spirit and matter at odds against each other.  [23]The first to rebut this heresy was Ignatius in 110 A.D.  He wrote a letter to Ephesians which referred to those who were spreading this affront to God as dogs, and should be avoided like wild beasts.  He also wrote to the Trallians on this matter stating, “…If that is the case, I die for no reason; what is more, I am telling lies about the Lord.”

Irenaeus in 130 A.D. also sent a letter to the same effect to Cerinthians confronting the Gnostics.  He had referenced the disciple John proclaiming the Word made flesh.  He stated in antithetical fashion to drive the point they undo the work of salvation with this heretical idea.

Irenaeus had to address other heresies like Ebionism which was the rejection of Christ being deity.  [24]“Vain also are the Ebionites who do not accept in their souls by faith the union of God and man…”

These debates bore council.  The first being The Council of Nicea in 325 A.D..  The theology that Arius adopted called Adoptionism and Dynamic Monarchianism was a belief that Jesus was not coeternal and was created from nothing.   Which came to its conclusion on May 20th were approximately 318 bishops determined that Christ was fully divine affirmed in the Nicene Creed.; [25]“Light from Light”.

The Council of Constantinople in 381 condemned the teachings of Apollinarus.  He professed divine Logos and Constantinople affirmed the full humanity of Jesus.  Apollinarus believed that Christ was completely God but wasn’t completely human.

The Council of Ephesus in 431 condemned Nestorius belief that there were two separate persons of Christ.  This literally reads as Jesus having multiple personalities.  This Nestorianism proclaims these two people in Jesus act in unity.

The Council of Chalcedon in 451 was the last of the Christological councils.  This council excommunicated Eutyches for his view of Monophysitism.  A belief that is contrary to what we know now.  He believed Christ was neither fully man nor fully God.  He was some type of new nature all together.  The Chalcedon statement that Jesus Christ is one person with two natures being the Son of the triune God is retained to this day.

Monasticism introduced by St Augustine was a religious way of life separated from the world.   This is a misguided concept that stems from sanctification.  [26]“I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them form evil.” Monasticism was later refuted through reformists.

The Church started this period with missionary, which was an attempting to fulfill commission by converting barbarians.  Chalcedonian doctrine of one person with plural natures in Christ was with Anselm during this period.  Anselm developed Anselmian Soteriology, which indented to provide rational defense of Incarnation.   Anselm solidified Latin Christology.  Anselm defended Scholasticism.  [27]Circa 1070 he defined the Spirit as the “self-love” that “proceeds equally from the Father and Son.  Love that is nothing other than the supreme essence and Father, Son and Love are one supreme essence.  In On the Procession of the Holy Spirit…”

[28]Catholicism was on a decline in the later 1200’s.  The Renaissance in part, lead to the Reformation.  There was an expression of a more religions nature.  The plague was upon them in the mid 1300’s.  This created a great need for the hope of Jesus Christ.  The church did not want to reveal the truth.

[29]Around 1450 in Guttenberg Germany printing for the church began.  Having the ability to print paved the way for people like Wycliffe and Tyndale to print the bible in English.  On October 31st, 1517 Martin Luther nailed 95 Theses to the Chapel Church doors in Wittenberg.  A significant change was Luther’s Disputation against Scholastic Theology[30]“The whole of Aristotle is to theology darkness is to light.”

[31]Perhaps a key point of Christ’s work is evident in the doctrine of Natural Revelation.  John Calvin states that natural revelation is the “theater” of God.  [32]“The heavens declare the glory of God: and the firmament sheweth his handywork.”  The first chapter of John expresses the work of Christ as part of the triune God who created all things.

The major aspect of the Reformation was in scripture all along.  The attainment of salvation by grace alone, through faith alone by Christ alone is the single most important aspect that has bore through time into the modern church. This has withstood the Counter Reformation.

The Council of Trent held between 1545 and 1563 was intent to counter and address what they say were heresies of the Protestant Reformation.  This would include the abandonment of Mass, the concept of Eucharist, and of the Virgin Mary. The council had difficulty with attendance as a result to power and liberty given to bishops.  The result of the counter both reformations lead to complete separation.  The universal church has the same order, dogmatism and doctrines, while the Protestant Reformation seems to continue to reform; searching for the next revival.

The Modern Church

            The modern church was a principal cause for independence of the new land.  [33]The church continued to preach “life through the word.”  The church had to maintain its cruciform.  It had to stay faithful to ordinances such as the Lord’s Supper and Baptism; although the topic of infant baptism is still a subject of controversy.   Church polity does vary from denomination to denomination.  Eschatology is also another area that there is debate on when Christ will return to take His bride.  All of these presuppositions are necessary for seeking the truth in the bible.   The mission for all of the denominations remains the unity.  We are commissioned to preach the Gospel to the whole world.

There are some that have gained a tremendous movement under the umbrella of Christianity.  [34]They have appealed to the desires of this world; compromising the word of God and doctrines.  This is a dangerous position for church leaders and fellowship.  Interestingly, the 7 churches addressed in Revelations, bear strong resemblance to all of the churches today.

Theological Formula

            Theologies that are a result of the person and work of Christ are of utmost importance for the Christian in “knowing” our Lord.  The doctrine of creation we learn of our provident God.   The doctrine of natural revelation gives us comfort as we look into the work of our God all for His creature, for the glorification of Himself.  [35]The doctrine of “Special revelation is God’s self disclosure fully”, through scripture to His children.

The most important of these doctrines, which in some spaces is still debated the doctrine of Trinity.  Jesus Christ, the first position under God the Father in perfect unity and equality all the works of God’s hand.  The outward confession of faith shown through baptism is commenced, just as it was with Christ in the Jordan, with all three present.

The gravity of putting method of Christology in our lives is far-reaching.  From the catechizing of the child, through adulthood into the church, we are to, as Christ said many times to follow him.   We are to search the scriptures to find Him and learn and grow through our sanctification by the Holy Spirit.  [36]“Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us…”  Preaching the gospel to the whole world, this is the Great Commission for the glorification of Him and for the edification of His children.  In the end, this is to expedite the kingdom of God.

 

Praise God


Biography

Inspired Word of God, (1611), “The King James Holy Bible

Daniel L. Akin, 2007, “A Theology for the Church

Ed M. van der Mass, 2000, “Halley’s Bible Handbook

[1] The Holy Bible, Genesis 1:3

[2] The Holy Bible, Revelations 2:21

[3] The Holy Bible, Matthew 28:18-20

[4] The Holy Bible, Numbers 22:21-39

[5] The Holy Bible, John 1:1-5

[6] The Holy Bible, Genesis 1-2

[7] The Holy Bible, Isaiah 53:10

[8] The Holy Bible, 2 Corinthians 5:21

[9] The Holy Bible, John 5:39

[10] The Holy Bible, Genesis 18:3

[11] The Holy Bible, Genesis 49:10

[12] A Theology for the Church, Daniel Akin, Ch. 14, pg. 858

[13] The Holy Bible, Mark 5:34

[14] The Holy Bible, John 19:30

[15] The Holy Bible, Acts 9:4

[16] The Holy Bible, Philippians 1:23

[17] The Holy Bible, Revelations 11:15

[18] The Holy Bible, 1 Thessalonians 4:16

[19] The Holy Bible, 1 Corinthians 10:13

[20] The Holy Bible, 1 Corinthians 15:52, 1 Thes. 4:16,17

[21] The Holy Bible, Romans 5:12,15

[22] A Theology for Church, Daniel L. Akin, ch. 9, pg. 521

[23] A Theology for Church, Daniel L. Akin, ch. 9, pg. 522

[24] A Theology for Church, Daniel L. Akin, ch. 9, pg. 523

[25] A Theology for the Church, Daniel L. Akin, ch. 9, pg. 526

[26] The Holy Bible, John 17:15

[27] A Theology for the Church, Malcolm B. Yarnell III, ch.11, pg. 640

[28] Halley’s Bible Handbook, pg 990

[29] Halley’s Bible Handbook, pg 991

[30] A Theology for the Church, Russell D. Moore, ch. 2,  pg 95

[31] A Theology for the Church, Russell D. Moore, ch. 2, pg 97

[32] The Holy Bible, Psalm  19:1

[33] A Theology for the Church, Mark E. Dever, ch. 13, pg.779

[34] The Holy Bible, Revelation 2:14-16, 3:14-16

[35] A Theology for the Church, David S. Dockery and David P. Nelson, ch. 3, pg. 119

[36] The Holy Bible, 2 Corinthians 5:20

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New Heaven and New Earth

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A new heaven and earth were first mentioned in Isaiah 65:17. “For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: the former shall not be remembered, nor come to mind.” (KJV Holy Bible) The next verse portrays the emotion of this.  “But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people to joy.” (Isaiah 65:18, KJV Holy Bible) Christ speaks of rejoicing in the Sermon on the Mount.  The Greek word used was agallio, which quite literally means to jump for joy.  Samach does not hold the same exuberance, but Christ often spoke in dramatics to truly emphasize point and separation.  It follows with the word chedvah or joy.  Samach in conjunction with chedvah gives the reader the feeling of double the gladness.  Similar to the repeated expressions of blessedness of the persecuted in Matthew 5.

Revelation 21 repeats the expression of a new heaven and earth, but now with emotion of adornment.  “And I John saw holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” (Revelation 21:2, KJV Holy Bible) This holy city referred to as “new Jerusalem” does not give the same contextual view of place but a person(s).  New Jerusalem is the bride of Christ.  This image concludes the view of last things.

The New Heaven and Earth are two fold in the concept of eschatology.  Both physical and spiritual or fully God and fully man.  After the Great Tribulation and the Resurrection, the church, the bride, the body of Christ as one with God in covenantal, eternal union will experience chedvah like no other.   The agallio will be known throughout the new heaven and earth.   “…Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them and be their God.”  Completing the promise of Abraham and the last prayer in Gethsemane of reunion of our Creator with His creature.  Forever twain.

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Polity of Redeemed and Delivered Ministries

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The polity that this fellowship follows is a type of Congregationalism.  Growing up in a church/cult that followed an Episcopal polity that H.E. Dana described eloquently.  “the abuse of discipline is reprehensible and destructive…” (A Theology for the Church, Daniel Akin, chap 13 pg. 837) What I had learned is that, when left to men, corrupt and fallen men, mistakes can and will be made. 

Pastor Kenneth Blank and I, discussed the polity of this church at length.  My main concern is the ego of men.  In effort to establish humility of the servant leaders of this congregation, Christ had to be the head, always and forever.  “And he is the head of the body, the church:” (Colossians 1:18, KJV Holy Bible) Which has been defined as a Presbyter Polity.  In conjunction, we agreed that since we are sinful men, we should declare as a council of elders to prayer first and foremost, to council with God upon all church matters as this effects the body. 

The elders being Kenneth, myself and appointed deacons.  “A congregational church recognizes the congregation as the final earthly court of appeal in matters of dispute.” (A Theology for the Church, Daniel Akin, chap 13 pg. 841) All the members of this congregation can meet and speak with any elder, at will.  Which certainly differs from Episcopal or that of the Mormons (still a church, but one of false doctrine) We believe we are servants and should not put on heirs of unapproachability.  By the crucifixion of Christ, the veil was torn.  If there is no mediator but Christ, then that is the case in the body.

                What we have done is give everyone a voice in matters and a small council to sort out the concerns or needs by first prayer to our King.  Petitioning the throne for guidance and presence of wisdom of the Holy Spirit to resolve all concerns.  With our bibles in our hands we go to scripture to seek instruction.  We come to a conclusion democratically and most importantly a godly conclusion of all matters in a polity that can only be defined as “Reformed Congregationalism”.

addendum:

At this time there is only one servant leader of this fellowship, Pastor David Joseph Maclellan.

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Theology and Doctrine of Marriage: A brief synopsis

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Theology and doctrine of marriage is a wonderful gift of comfort during our time separated from God.  It can be best seen in the relationship of the Trinity.  In its contrary is the more familiar contractual marriage.  As an individual who intends on having a godly, covenantal relationship, we start with our own justifications.  If we enter into a bond and we have not been convicted, then it is likely that one will carry the other and be unequally yoked.  “Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers…” (2 Corinthians 6:14 KJV Holy Bible) When we are in the process of our individual sanctification, the indwelling and covenant with Christ is in place.  If there is evident of spiritual maturity in both parties, then modest courtship can occur.  Spiritual maturity would mean, both individuals are both actively seeking God, which will be evident in the fruits of their individual lives.  Modest courtship is something at would go against the grain of our society, but is absolutely necessary in adhering to a godly covenantal relationship.  “Every purpose is established by counsel…” (Proverbs 20:18, KJV Holy Bible) I still believe in the old Jewish tradition of a lad requesting permission for courtship.  This puts the responsibility of the parent who would be relinquishing care to the would be husbands care.   This would take the need of a godly parent.  Once approval is given, then a platonic courtship can take place.  “And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and cleave to his wife; and they twain shall be one flesh?” (Matthew 19:5, KJV Holy Bible) Courtship gives both parties time to understand some of what each other finds valuable in life.  Essential Christ will always be the utmost in both parties.  And eventually the two can become one.

This is in complete opposition with what we are familiar with which is contractual relationships.  Like a car, you test drive be before you buy.  If it doesn’t work, you trade it in for a new one.  That title of ownership goes to someone else.  In a covenantal relationship, we follow the model Christ set before us with the relationship between Himself and the church.  “For the husband is head of the wife, even as Christ is head of the church…, the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.  Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and give himself for it;” (Ephesians 5:23-25, KJV Holy Bible) Jesus came served, ministered and sacrificed.  And so should husbands. This is not to say there isn’t a headship that needs to be recognized.  It should be known that this headship is not a totalitarian dictatorship, which can often be the case in a contractual marriage.  This is where two, serve one another, made as equals, with the husband as the head, both seeking Christ as one.  A godly unity that Christ prayed for in Gethsemane (John 17), that the Holy Father pre-ordained, without question is holy, righteous and just.  And the two as one can fulfill the covenant of marriage and if viable bear children for the kingdom of heaven and teach the same catechized values.

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The Inerrancy of the Holy Bible

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Pastor David MacLellan

Liberty University

Theology 201-D04

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Professor Christopher Burroughs

 

 

The Inerrancy of the Holy Bible

To addressing the perspective of the Holy Bible being the inerrant word of God as the inspired writings through His chosen amanuensis for edification of the elect.  The first argument to this case is the most important being faith. The second in the argument will be the bible itself as it verifies itself through what has been canonical.  Hindsen expresses, “Real people, real places, real history” with evidence of parallel worldly information.  The objection of time and the atheistic view of the world being billions of years old will be refuted.  The final objection is my personal favorite, the bible was written by men.  This objection came from my own lips.

By Faith Alone

                A child of God is made a believer by His grace.   To believe is to have total faith and trust in our Lord.

[1]“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. [2] “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” This revelation of God through the Holy bible is a gift from God.  The very ability to believe is of author.  In His perfect majesty knowing we are so meek in all things, He gave this to us.  It is the inward and outward expression of the elect to our God for which all things are possible including our inheritance.  How great our God to form us into a creature of devotion.

Canonicity

                [3] There were about fifty four translators of the original text in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek.  Their careful exegesis, critical methods and hermeneutics gave us the bible as we know it.  This study went deep into text to determine similarities of the writers.  Whence determined they were synoptic unto themselves, authorship was evident.  The analyzed the circumstances of the text.  The when and were of the text and identified time and region and specific locations.  Scholars looked at the people of that were addressed in the text to reveal the synergy and cultural reference.   The determined the text refer one to another.  In the case of the first four books of the New Testament, they mirrored each other in their account of their experience with Jesus Christ.  Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, all shared their witness of our Lord in context they understood as being a publican, helper, physician, and the closest of them all John who was held in the bosom of Christ.  The most important aspect of exegesis of the bible is our Lord.  Jesus Christ had to be evident in all the text.  [4]“…Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God and him only shalt thou serve.” From a scripture like this we find the Greek word Kurios, which means Master.  That exaltation is reserved for Jesus Christ.  It’s kin to LORD, and in the Hebrew text, it is the name of God our Father YHVH.  We know from John 1 that it was Christ who spoke existence.  [5]“Each book had a “picture of Christ”.  Genesis, as John depicts is the “Word of God” or “The Breath of Life” through Revelation where he is “Our Coming King”!

[6]The Pharaoh of Exodus was Amenhotep II 1445 B.C., also called Amenophis.  He was the king of ancient Egypt during the 18th dynasty.  “Moses evidently was born during the reign of Thutmose I, who’s daughter, Hatshepsut, qualifies as a legitimate candidate for the pharaoh’s daughter who drew Moses from the Nile in Exodus 2:5”  (Amenhotep II and the Historicity of the Exodus-Pharaoh, Douglas Petrovich) Which puts Amenhotep II to proceed rule. We have who, the Pharaohs of the time, Moses and Hatshepsut of the bible, at the Nile in Egypt and a date in history of 1445 B.C…

[7]Tel Dan inscription of the “House of David” was discovered in 1993 in Tel Dan Israel by archaeologist Avraham Biran.  Once again, you have David, the beloved of God, clearly evident in peripheral history.  The Aramean king refers to his southern neighbors “king of the House David”.  Dated ninth-century B.C…  Once again, real people, real places, real history.

Objections

                The atheist/agnostic’s objection of time proclaims the earth being four and a half billion years old.  And they use multiple methods to determine this all of them are very valid forms of determining age.   The argument to this is the bible itself.  Genesis is written in literal Hebrew with no indication of poetic meter.  From the very first verse God proclaims Himself. [8] “In the beginning, God…” That first chapter gives us seven twenty four hour days.  It gives us lineage from the time of Adam.  The hereditary record of human kind, meticulously recorded.  This gives a clear understanding that God created the world with age.  He made all things as they are.  The text does not depict God tossing cells into the air and eventually there was a chicken.   And there lies the answer to which came first, the chicken or the egg.  The chicken was probably ready to lay eggs when Adam was made so there would be source of protein if so needed.  God created this planet with age in perfect order.  Albert Mohler does a great sermon “Why does the Universe Look So Old” during the 2010 National Conference.  Viewing the bible in chronological order would put the age of the earth just over four thousand years old.

The bible was written by fallible meant.  A statement, in my own unconversion, has exited my lips.  I still hold true to this to this very day.  In fact, more than fallible men, they are all riddled with sin, just as we all are today. The difference being that it is a definite statement made without study of the bible.  When the bible is truly

studied, you encounter the third part of the trinity.  And it is exactly what it depicts itself as that which is unseen.  You can not make the statement it is a book written by men therefore it un-writes itself as truth, without opening it.  Once open, be prepared for God’s revelation of Himself.  A great example of the validity is the methods used to deem the canonical of scripture.  So, in reading, without the Holy Spirit, just viewing the work of the interpreters of the amanuensis, you will find synergy of the authors work.  You will find again as Hindsen states, “real people, real places, real history” which is undeniable.   With the Holy Spirit, there is witness of God, witness of Christ and witness of our own wretched sinfulness.

Conclusion

                We know that by faith alone we believe in the inerrant Word of God.  With the help of God appointed men like William Tyndale, we have the Tonach and Gospel in its most accurate and concise form through painstaking exegesis, methods and hermeneutics.  Through peripheral text, archaeology and historic writings God reveals Himself.  To the antithesis of theorists of age of our world and the validity of authorship of the Word, we can also discover ‘Special Revelation’.  [9]“Special revelation is primarily redemptive and personal. God reveals himself as ‘I AM’” (Theology for Church, edited by Daniel Akin, chap 3 page 120) The Holy Bible is the inspired word of God to the edification of His children.

Word Count 1328

 

[1] The Holy Bible, (1611)  Hebrews 11:1

[2] The Holy Bible, (1611)  Hebrews 11:6

[3] “The Essence of the Old Testament: A Survey (2012) Edited by Ed Hindsen and Gary Yates

[4] The Holy Bible (1611) Matthew 4:10

[5] The Holy Bible (1611) Genesis 18:3

[6] TMS Journal 17/1 (Spring 2006) 81-110 Amenhotep II and the Historicity of the Exodus-Pharaoh, Douglas Petrovich page 26

[7] Bible 105 Hindsen OT Survey Lecture: 2 Kings- 2 Chronicles

[8] The Holy Bible (1611) Genesis 1:1

[9] Theology for the Church (2007) Edited by Daniel Akin chapter 3 page 120

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The Concept of Sin Being Diminished in the Public Square

luciferGiving argument to why I believe the concept of sin is diminished in the public square can only be equated to calling the furnace in which Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah were in a little warm.  Schools requiring children to dress like the opposite sex.  A Fox T.V. Series glorifying the devil.  Celebrities demoralizing themselves and they are praised for doing so.  What is worse is that the general public desires it and hence they are riveted to the debauchery.  The most heinous of all the exalting of sin is the movement in the church.  1 Timothy 3 outlines what the ordained shepherd of a congregations good posture should be.  And despite the very word of God, there are openly hedonistic, sexually immoral, idolatrous, blasphemous men and women who defile the word of God and leading them through that wide gate with tickling of their ears.  Giving them comfort in their sins.  Glorifying sins under the twisted idea that it’s OK. God loves you even though you have chosen to hold covetous thoughts about a person.   You have committed adultery in your heart, or physically doing so.  You have put the desire of riches over God in the realm of prosperity preaching.  No sin is left with out excuses for and glorified under the misuse of God’s grace. “The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.” (Psalm 11:5, KJV Holy Bible) “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and lit for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter.” “Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!” (Isaiah 5:20,23, KJV Holy Bible)

We are not by any means diminishing sin in the public square.  We are in no way trying to hide in the dark like rats.  We are not trying to cover up our wretchedness with masks of piety.  The moral compass is smashed by the pleasures of sin over and over again.  Our sins, with out requite are held in a seat higher than the thrown of God in the hearts of men.

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He is our Abba first

Every time He draws out another sin and nails it to the cross, my God, my Holy and righteous God, the burden of this life gets just a little lighter. Glory Glory to our Holy, Holy, Holy God Almighty! I will give you a great analogy to take with you as you probably have been experiencing yourselves. I have been carrying a rather large sack of bricks, we will call it idolatry, I set it down last weekend. You’re asking yourself, how so, you have let go of so much. We hang onto a lot of things. Relying on everything else besides God is idolatry. Where do you go when life’s troubles come. Let’s say your car breaks down. You say, well I have to make more money to get this fixed. I am laughing at myself right now. That’s idolatry. You are looking outside of God for the answer. Even worse, you are relying on yourself!
Folks, every single time you encounter anything PRAY! Lord, give me the wisdom today. Lord guide me in the way I should go. Lord we need the car fixed. Let it be to your glory.
He is our Abba first, go to Him for everything and give thanks for all things always!

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